Royston edge it away at Chalfont St Peter

12:02 30 January 2014

Antonio Murray

Antonio Murray

Kevrich66@hotmail.com Calfont St Peter 2014

A solitary goal from Antonio Murray saw Royston Town triumph 1-0 away to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.

The home side matched their higher placed opponents in the first half with chances on goal being seen at both ends with both keepers impressing with alert and acrobatic shot-stopping. Young Crows keeper Nick Thompson made two superb saves, the first a brilliant one-handed parry from a snap-shot by Danilson Vincente and then Vincente was thwarted again with Thompson blocking well.

In the Chalfont goal, Michael Power-Simpson had a fantastic game making at least four important saves over the 90 minutes.

While the keepers had featured heavily in the first 45 minutes, everyone played a supporting role in the second half to the vicious storm that set in for 20 minutes, making the pitch heavy and the cold monsoon rain, while not stopping the game, led to suggest this match would be decided by perhaps an error rather than a moment of brilliance.

It was all Royston pressure in the second period, but even with the wind behind them, The Crows toiled to create an effort that would beat the resilient Power-Simpson.

But Murray, on 62 minutes, ran onto a fine through ball, shifted it left to create space around the out-coming keeper and passed a long seemingly slow-motion accurate finish low into the bottom right hand corner for the only goal of the game. Kaan Fehmi was named man of the match.

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